Riding a five-game winning streak into Wednesday's contest against the Somerset Patriots, all it took was one disastrous inning for that streak to disappear.
With York clinging to a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, Somerset erupted for six runs in the frame, en route to a 6-2 victory at TD Bank Ballpark.
The Revs' lead disappeared two hitters into the inning when Jonny Tucker launched a two-run home run to tie the game at 2-2. After that, both starter Logan Williamson and reliever Edward Paredes struggled to contain the Patriot hitters, with seven more players coming to the plate in the inning. The final blow in the inning came with Somerset up 3-2, when David Vidal stepped to the plate with two outs and crushed a three-run homer to break the game open.
That was all the offense the rest of the way. York (33-25) failed to get any sort of a rally going over the final three innings.
The only offense that the Revs got in the game came immediately following Williamson's escape act from a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the fourth after a brief rain delay. In the top of the fifth, Andres Perez opened the game's scoring with a two-run double, scoring Mikey Reynolds and James Simmons to give York a 2-0 lead. But, that was all the offense the Revs could muster, only collecting five hits in the entire game.
The loss was a critical one to York's playoff hopes. With the Lancaster Barnstormers' game against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs postponed, Wednesday was a guaranteed moving day for the Revs. But, rather than chipping away at its 4 1/2-game hole, York slid further back, now sitting five games behind Lancaster in the Atlantic League Freedom Division standings with only 11 games to play.
Williamson ended up taking the loss, falling to 7-12 on the year. He couldn't make it out of the big sixth, lasting only 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, all earned, on six hits and six walks, while striking out only two. Paredes was charged with the other three runs, getting the final two outs in the inning in relief of Williamson, but not before surrendering two hits, including the three-run home run to Vidal. After that, Luis Perdomo and Josh Judy each pitched scoreless innings.
Will Oliver improved to 5-1 on the year, going six innings for the Patriots (33-26), allowing two earned runs on five hits, with three walks and five strikeouts. Three Somerset relievers combined to allow just one walk to Revs hitters over the final three innings in relief of Oliver.
The two teams will conclude their three-game series with the rubber game on Thursday set for 7:05 p.m. at TD Bank Ballpark.